Tag Archives: Wye Research and Education Center


Jan 10 (reg deadline) – BEEKEEPING 101 9am-12N. $110. 7 classes starting 1/24. Wye Research & Ed Center, Queenstown. 410-827-8056 ext. 115.


Aug 6 – MID-ATLANTIC PRECISION AGRICULTURE DAY 8:30am-3:30pm. Wye Research & Education Center, 124 Wye Narrows Dr, Queenstown. 410-758-0166.

Aquaculture and Remote Oyster Setting Informational Workshop

Watermen and other interested parties are invited to a workshop on Oyster Industry Aquaculture and Financing on Wednesday, May 2 from 9 am until noon at the University of Maryland’s Wye Research & Education Center. The program is sponsored by the Upper Shore Regional Council, University of Maryland Extension and the Maryland Department of Business Economic Development (DBED).

Speakers include Don Webster and Don Meritt of the University of Maryland who will cover aquaculture support programs and proper site selection for bottom culture. Webster coordinates an education and training program for UM Extension to provide a wide range of information to develop the industry. Meritt is in charge of the Horn Point Lab hatchery that produces millions of oysters annually for restoration and commercial aquaculture.

Karl Roscher, Director of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ new Aquaculture Division will discuss shellfish lease application procedures. He will also cover reporting requirements and available shell sources. Roscher heads the office created last year to coordinate all aquaculture permits.

Maryland has created support programs to encourage aquaculture including low interest loans and grants. Matt Parker, Shellfish Business Specialist with Extension, will provide the latest status on applying for them. Mindie Burgoyne, Regional Representative of the Department of Business and Economic Development will discuss the agency’s programs to assist watermen.

According to Cecil County Commissioner Jim Mullin, who assisted with organizing the event, “We need to support this sustainable and historic industry to provide economic growth and employment in our rural areas.” Doris Mason, Executive Director for the Upper Shore Regional Council, added that, “because our mission is to foster the physical, economic and soical development of the region, working jointly on a project like this with our partners is a great focus for us and the benefits are immediately evident.”

The workshop will include discussions of how aquaculture techniques could be used by watermen to rebuild public harvests. The production of oysters has fallen from 2.5 million bushels a year in the 1970s to only about 120,000 last year. However, with the development of new technology and strong markets, it is likely that this decline could be reversed. Maryland has emerged as a leader among states encouraging aquaculture production.

There is no charge for the workshop but those interested in attending are asked to contact Don Webster or Martha Milligan at the Wye Research & Education Center at 410-827-8056 ordwebster@umd.edu so that sufficient materials can be provided. The Center is located at 124 Wye Narrows Drive, Queenstown MD.

2012 Strawberry Twilight Tour at the Wye Research and Education Center

The 2012 Strawberry Twilight Meeting at the Wye Research and Education Center will be held Wednesday, May 9, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 PM, rain or shine, at the Farm Operations Complex, 211 Farm Lane, Queenstown, MD. Directional signs will be posted.

You’ll hear University of Maryland and USDA small fruit experts discuss the current season’s challenges and the impact that the new fruit pest may have on the industry.

You’ll see: USDA Moveable High Tunnel plots with plasticulture strawberry production; University of MD Strawberry High Tunnel plots with table top production demonstration and bio-fumigation trial; and Outdoor Plasticulture Fertility Trial plots with Chandler strawberries.

We hope you can join us for an informative evening. Pre-registration is not necessary. Refreshments will be served.

For additional program information, contact Mike Newell, mnewell@umd.edu, 410-827-7388. If you need special assistance to attend this program, please contact Debby Dant ddant@umd.edu, 410-827-8056, no later than May 2, 2012.

University of Maryland programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or national origin

2011 Pumpkin and Sweet Corn Twilight at the Wye Research and Education Center

You’ll hear:
· University of Maryland specialists discuss insect and disease control and various cultural practices.
You’ll see:
· 20 varieties of large and small pumpkin types as part of an IPM demonstration/spacing study;
· 10 varieties of winter squash;
· and taste 4 late season varieties of BT sweet corn.

A light dinner fare will be available. There is no fee for this program, but we ask that you please pre-register with Debby Dant @ 410-827-8056 X115, ddant@umd.edu by September 20, 2011. For more program information, contact Mike Newell @410-827-7388, mnewell@umd.edu.

If you require special assistance to attend this event, please contact Debby Dant no later than September 20, 2011.

University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or national origin.

September 27, 2011
4:30-6:30 PM

Aronia Twilight Tour at the Unverstiy of Maryland Wye Research and Education Center

Aronia (Chokeberry), new alternative crop field observation Twilight Tour.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 at 5:30 pm.

Wye Research & Education Center, 211 Farm Lane, Queenstown, MD 21658

*Highly nutritive Aronia fruit
*Varieties and yield
*Plant densities and propagation
*Cultural and production methods
*Fertility practices
*Marketing, processing & grower cooperative
*Experience ripe Aronia fruit and fresh products

The event is free to attend; however, registration is required. Please call Debby Dant at 410-827-8056 ext.115 to register.

Beekeeping 101 Class, January 2010

Beekeeper with hive (266 x 400)A beginning bee keeping course, taught by University of Maryland Extension Apiculturalist, Michael Embrey, will start this January 2010. The first class will be held on Saturday, January 23rd from 9AM until Noon, at the Wye Research and Education Center In Queenstown. The fee for the class is $100, which includes the textbook, “The Beekeepers Handbook”, third edition, by Dr. Diana Sammataro. If you already have this book, the fee is reduced to $70.

In this course the students will learn about bees, bee equipment, how and where to set up and establish a bee colony, how to manage their bees and how to hive a package of honeybees, through presentations by Mr. Embrey and other guest speakers.

The course will start on January 23rd and be held on alternating Saturday mornings for a total of five times during the spring. Then, in the months of September and October, two additional classes will be held dealing with pests and diseases and winterizing the colonies for winter survival. More information about the schedule will be given during the class.

To register, contact Debby Dant at the Wye Research and Education Center, P.O. Box 169, Queenstown, Maryland 21658, 410-827-8056 ext.115; fax 410-827-9039; or by email, ddant@umd.edu

Registration deadline will be January 16, 2010. Class size is limited. Make checks payable to the University of Maryland. For more course information, contact Michael Embrey at 410-827-8056 ext.148 or membrey@umd.edu